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    Plexiglass etching solutions

    Hi everybody. I made an amp enclosre thats flush with the floor of my trunk , putting the amp in the spare tire compartment. I want to cover the viewing hole with a peice of plexiglass which is allready fitted....

    --My question is that is there a quick chemical solution to etch or "frost over" some plexiglass? Maybe give it a tiny bit of depth? I want to etch the infinity symbol on the plexi. (infinity audio symbol that is). Any ideas without going to outside sources would be awesome? and if I have to go to outside sources, about how much would something like that cost me??

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    Im pretty sure laser etching is cheap. id say like $20 or so... my local plastic shop does it for cheap cheap (Tap Plastics)
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    you could make a template and then spray over it. they have some smoke effect sprays on the market. or you could cut it out of frosted contact paper and apply that.
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    Yeah you could just grab a can of plastic/glass frosting. It's just clear-white spray paint. Not as fancy as etching, but it works.

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    When I was younger we did Glass etching, on mugs, glass, mirrors etc.

    It was with a etching paste.

    anything the paste touches it turns to a frost look.

    So all you do is do a design on a stencil and apply it to your glass (Not sure if it will work with plexiglass)

    As long as you like to DIY then here you go.

    Here is a link I found using google.

    http://www.glass-etching-kits.com/gl...structions.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by viper24
    Im pretty sure laser etching is cheap. id say like $20 or so... my local plastic shop does it for cheap cheap (Tap Plastics)
    I think that plexi is not really suitable for lasering, because of the fumes it gives off... same for PVC pipe and other noxious plastics. There is risk of damage to the laser (hot, nasty fumes attaching to or fusing with mirror / lens subsystems) as well as the operator (stinky-poo!)

    Acrylic, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. Most decent laser can cut it to precision, as well as etching patterns into it.

    I am building a business around a laser engraver soon, and will need to prepare some samples...

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    u can mask off the area u dont wanteffected.. or get some sticker made up to cover the area and use and sand blast it using fine glass beads.. the finer the beads the less impact it will cause.

    ectching pasts on plastic i wouldnt think would work to well.. the'll melt it i would think.

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    my friend at www.minitruckstickers.com makes vynal decals and yes you can make sickers that go on glass/plexi to give the look of frosted/etched look might be a cheaper way to do lots of designs

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    Quote Originally Posted by geekasaurus_rex
    I think that plexi is not really suitable for lasering, because of the fumes it gives off... same for PVC pipe and other noxious plastics. There is risk of damage to the laser (hot, nasty fumes attaching to or fusing with mirror / lens subsystems) as well as the operator (stinky-poo!)

    Acrylic, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. Most decent laser can cut it to precision, as well as etching patterns into it.

    I am building a business around a laser engraver soon, and will need to prepare some samples...
    Um... plexi is acrylic. "Plexiglass" is just a brand name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mushin
    Um... plexi is acrylic. "Plexiglass" is just a brand name.
    Alrighty then. My apologies.

    I do know that the PVC is a no-no. Additionally, isn't most plexi a little on the thin side for doing this type of "beauty" work? That is, most plexi is 1/16" or 1/8" on this high side, where the previous photo was 1/4" or 1/2"?

    (Throw me a bone here... I am trying to save at least a little face!)

    Thanks.

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